VMAQ-3, the next to last Marine Corps tactical electronic warfare (EW) squadron, was deactivated in May 2018. The final squadron will encase colors in early 2019, leaving the Corps with no comparable airborne expeditionary EW capability.
The Marine Corps Tactical Electronic Warfare (VMAQ) community that has been at the forefront of airborne electronic warfare (EW) and a part of the national defense posture for more than 50 years is nearly gone. Three of the four VMAQ squadrons have been decommissioned, with the final squadron, VMAQ-2, scheduled to encase its colors in March 2019. With the stand-down of VMAQ-2, the entire community—one Fleet Replacement Squadron, three operational squadrons, 24 EA-6B Improved Capability (ICAP) III aircraft, and the expeditionary logistic and support capabilities to sustain combat operations—will have been disbanded.